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Admissions Requirements

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Standardized Test Scores

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  • What is a competitive GMAT score?

    The GMAT score distribution for recent classes is available in our Class Profiles.

  • How can I prepare to take the GMAT?

    Be sure to study the material and understand how to apply it. Research shows when you take the time to prepare for the test, your score will reflect that. Numerous resources can be found through (the official website of the GMAT), your local bookstore, and in-person GMAT courses. We don’t recommend one over the other; you should go with the preparation process that best fits your learning style.

    To help assess how you are performing on the GMAT, take the free, online GMAT simulation tool that allows you to experience an actual test. You can choose to do a 20-minute micro test, a mini test consisting of approximately half the questions, or a full test that simulates the GMAT quantitative and verbal sections. The full test, which takes approximately two-and-a-half hours to complete, will give you the best score estimation.

  • Does the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program accept the GRE?

    The program will accept the GRE or the GMAT standardized test. These scores may be entered directly into the online application. If you are admitted to the program, official test scores will be required; if you have authorized the University of Wisconsin–Madison to have electronic access to your test scores, no further action on your part will be needed.

  • What is the minimum GMAT or GRE score requirement?

    While there is no minimum score requirement for the GMAT or GRE, the admissions committee looks for candidates with strong verbal and quantitative skills. We prefer that you submit a GMAT score when applying to the Wisconsin School of Business. You may wish to compare your GMAT scores to our student population as represented in the Class Profiles.

  • If I have taken the GMAT or GRE more than once, which score will be used to assess my application?

    The highest GMAT or GRE score will be used when evaluating your application.

  • What are the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program school codes for the GMAT and the GRE?

    For the GMAT, please direct the testing service to allow the Wisconsin School of Business to access your test results. The institution code is 79K-2S-72.

    For the GRE, please direct the testing service to allow the University of Wisconsin–Madison to access your test results. The institution code is 1846.

Admissions Process

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  • When should I apply to the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program?

    We suggest you apply when you feel you have the most competitive application and are ready to begin an MBA program. Application deadlines can be found here. If you have questions about the admissions cycle and deadlines, contact the MBA Admissions Team.

  • Does the program offer spring or summer admission?

    No. The Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program is built around each new student group that moves through the program as a cohort. As a result, we only offer admission for the fall semester.

  • How do I go about selecting a recommender?

    You should select a recommender who is qualified to evaluate your potential as a manager or business leader. He or she should have a strong understanding of your abilities and be familiar with solid examples of your accomplishments. This individual may be a current or past supervisor, a client or vendor, or a representative of a volunteer or community organization in which you are involved. Professional recommendations are strongly preferred. One recommender is required; however, the admissions committee will accept up to two recommendations.

  • How and when does the recommender submit a letter of recommendation?

    You will enter your recommender’s name and email address into your application. The recommender will then receive an email with a link to your recommendation form. The recommendation forms are submitted separately from your application upon its completion. You should not wait for your recommender to submit his or her recommendation before submitting your application; however, your application will not be reviewed without the recommendation form.

  • I am a current graduate student in another department at UW–Madison. How do I apply to the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program?

    You must submit the required Wisconsin School of Business application and all supporting materials. A full list of application requirements and deadlines can be found here. If a student is then admitted to the MBA program, he or she should complete an "Addition and/or Change of Major Form," available through the Graduate School, and submit it.

Admissions Decisions

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Other MBA Degree Options

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  • Does the Wisconsin School of Business offer part-time MBA degree options?

    Students who wish to pursue an MBA while they continue to work should consider the Wisconsin Evening MBA Program or Wisconsin Executive MBA Program at the Wisconsin School of Business. Students admitted to the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program are required to take a full credit load associated with their career specialization.

  • Does the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program offer online or remote classes?

    The program does not offer online or remote classes at this time. All coursework is located on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Can I pursue a JD/MBA?

    Yes, a joint JD/MBA degree is offered. Applicants to the JD/MBA program must apply and be admitted independently to both the University of Wisconsin–Madison Law School and the Wisconsin School of Business. It is recommended that you apply to both programs within the same year. Admission to the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program will be deferred for one year while you complete your first year of study in law. You pay only one application fee. Please contact the MBA Admissions Team with any questions.

  • Can I pursue dual degrees?

    Any two programs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison can be pursued as a dual degree. A dual degree is two degrees, one of which is granted in a graduate program, and the other in a professional school (e.g., MD, JD, DVM, D.Pharm., MPH). You must apply and gain admission separately to each program. Once you are admitted, an advisor from each program will assist with the development of a comprehensive degree plan. Additional details are available from the Graduate School.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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Visiting Campus

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  • How can I schedule a campus visit?

    A campus visit is one of the best ways to gather information about the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program. We suggest you plan a campus visit during the school year when classes are in session, although modified campus visits are available during the summer. Get started here to arrange for a hosted visit.

Transfer Students

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International Students

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The Consortium Diversity Network

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Military Students

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  • Are there any special considerations for applicants who are military veterans?

    The Wisconsin School of Business welcomes applications from veterans of all branches of the military. Additional information is available here. Note that the application fee is waived for military veterans who have served on active duty in the U.S. Military within three years of applying.

    Please contact a member of the MBA Admissions Team to discuss your needs and options as a military veteran who wishes to apply to the Wisconsin Full-Time MBA Program.

  • What type of financial assistance is available to military veterans?

    The Post 9/11 GI Bill will pay all tuition expenses for military veterans who qualify.

    Under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, both in-state and non-Wisconsin-resident veterans will receive in-state tuition rates. This means that veterans who qualify for Post 9/11 GI Bill funding will have all of their tuition covered, whether they are Wisconsin residents or not. Those who do not qualify can receive financial assistance with tuition costs under the Yellow Ribbon Program.

    The Veteran’s Choice Act of 2014 provides for in-state rates for certain veterans. To qualify for in-state rates while using the Post 9/11 GI Bill, a student must be a veteran (no longer on active duty) or on terminal leave (final leave or vacation being used up prior to their actual end date). Students must also enroll within three years of leaving active duty.

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has streamlined the Post 9/11 GI Bill payment timeline. University of Wisconsin–Madison students have been getting their tuition costs paid before the semester even starts. Refer to this blog post written by a VA representative for an explanation of the Post 9/11 GI Bill payments.

  • What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

    As a Yellow Ribbon School, the University of Wisconsin–Madison has an agreement with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) to supplement the Post 9/11 GI Bill when needed. Jointly, UW–Madison and the VA cover the non-resident fees for those students who do not already qualify for in-state tuition and fees under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, making the cost of the Wisconsin MBA more affordable.

  • Will military veterans be considered for merit-based financial aid?

    Yes. Military veterans will be considered for merit-based financial assistance awarded by the Wisconsin School of Business; no separate merit-based financial aid application is required. In the past, more than 80 percent of all students have received some merit-based aid in the form of scholarships, fellowships, or assistantships. The Veteran Services & Military Assistance Center can also provide assistance with financial aid questions.

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